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BBC announces Doctor Who spinoff audio drama

BBC announces Doctor Who spinoff audio drama
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The BBC announces a new 10-part audio spinoff series called Doctor Who: Redacted.

The BBC has announced that a new 10-part audio spinoff of Doctor Who will launch later this month.

Called Doctor Who: Redacted, the series will be released weekly via BBC Sounds from April 17 - the day that the latest TV special, Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils, is broadcast on BBC One.

The series will feature three main characters, Cleo Proctor (Charlie Craggs), Abby McPhail (Lois Chimimba) and Shawna Thompson (Holly Quin-Ankrah), with cameos from familiar characters The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Rani Chandra, Kate Stewart, Petronella Osgood and Madame Vastra.

A synopsis reads: "Doctor Who: Redacted follows Cleo, Abby and Shawna - three broke university drop-outs from different cities across the UK who remain connected via their paranormal conspiracy podcast, 'The Blue Box Files'.

"The trio speculate over Abby's favourite conspiracy theory – intent on finding out the truth behind the mysterious 'Blue Box' that keeps cropping up across history. What if this random police public call box was actually an alien ship?

"They don't know who the Doctor is, or if aliens are real, but soon find themselves caught in a supernatural conspiracy as they learn that everyone who's ever met the Doctor is disappearing and being forgotten. Essentially, they're being redacted from reality.

"The Blue Box Files is so unsuccessful that our heroes are the last ones to be affected by the redaction, making Cleo, Abby and Shawna the world's only hope. Now it's a race against time to uncover the truth."

It continues: "When Cleo's brother Jordan gets redacted, they spend the rest of the series trying to find him. In the meantime Cleo is dealing with a mother who kicked her out for being trans when she was 16, whilst trying to find out what happened to her Dad – who mysteriously 'disappeared' when she was a kid.

"As the series unfolds we find Abby – the resident believer and Shawna – the sceptic, grapple with their own tribulations on the edge of a will-they, won't-they romance, despite Abby's controlling boyfriend."

The series is written by best-selling transgender author Juno Dawson.

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